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Mars helicopter Ingenuity: First flight is three meters high
Are there more Mars helicopters coming soon?
For NASA, it is first and foremost a technology demonstration designed to prove that you can fly on Mars. At the same time, the images recorded during the flight can also help the rover, which will then continue to search for Martian rocks, which will later be brought back to earth with another mission. Therefore, according to NASA, the 31-day window remains even with successful flights. Ingenuity then stays at its landing site and Perserverance rolls on.
NASA left it open whether there will be more helicopter flights on the red planet in the near future. If Ingenuity is successful, there is nothing against it. Even when the first Mars rover Sojourner was launched, there were still no fixed plans for the successor, followed by Spirit and Opportunity, Curiosity and Perserverance.
"When NASA's Sojourner rover landed on Mars in 1997, it proved it was possible to drive around the Red Planet and completely redefined the way we approach Mars exploration," said Lori Glaze, NASA director for the Planetary exploration. Ingenuity (German ingenuity) could also have this potential for the future of scientific research.
Aptly named, Ingenuity is a technology demonstration that aims to be the first powered flight on another world.Lori Glaze, NASA
If this succeeds, says Glaze, then we will not broaden our horizons, but instead create completely new possibilities for exploring Mars.
A balloon was the first
However, the Mars helicopter Ingenuity is not the first human flying object on another planet. The USSR successfully launched two balloons on Venus during its 1985 Vega missions. At that time it was a cooperation with ESA. The balloons were made in France. As a payload, they carried sensors that could measure temperature, wind speed and brightness, among other things.
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